Trump said he intends to meet with Putin at the G20 summit

Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin
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UNITED STATES (VOP TODAY NEWS) — The head of the US administration, Donald Trump, expects to hold a bilateral meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in the fields of the upcoming G20 summit in Osaka (Japan) at the end of June, the American leader said on Monday, answering journalists’ questions during negotiations with the Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban in the White House.

“Yes, I will also meet with President Putin,” Trump said when he was asked if he would like to have bilateral talks with the Russian leader during the G-20 summit in Japan.

In addition, the head of the White House said that he plans to meet on the sidelines of the G20 summit with Chinese President Xi Jinping.

“Yes, I will meet directly with him. I will meet with the President (Chairman) of China Xi [Jinping],” Trump said.

He was asked to clarify what signal US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo, who is arriving on Tuesday for talks with the Russian leadership in Sochi, should transmit to Moscow.

“I think the signal is that there has never been anyone [in the US except for the current administration] who would be so hard on Russia. At the same time, we will finally get along with Russia. It makes sense to get along with Russia,” answered the president.

The Kremlin stressed that Washington has not yet come to Moscow with the initiative of holding a new bilateral meeting between Putin and Trump.

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